September 8 in San Antonio history…

World War I -1915Little_Willie_early_design
Number 1 Lincoln Machine, as the first British prototype tank (right) was then known, makes its first test run in the yard of the Wellington Foundry. It is nicknamed “Little Willie.”

1900
The San Antonio Light prints a special report from New Orleans that says: “There are rumors early this morning of great damages and loss of life in last night’s storm on some of the Gulf islands, particularly Grand Island. It will be a day or two before authentic news can be accessed from there. In New Orleans during the afternoon and night the wind reached a velocity of 48 miles an hour. In this city the damage is restricted to the destruction of the Metairie bridge and the blowing down of many telephone wires. A child was killed, being blown, together with the entire front balcony from a house on Front street.”  (This was the massive hurricane that hit and destroyed Galveston on this day in 1900.)

1914
Listed on the vaudeville bill at the Majestic Theater was a little-known performer named Mae West – described as ”dainty” and “refined.”

1960
Sears on Romana Plaza opens their new three-level “ultra-modern” parking garage. (The downtown Central Library still uses this garage.)

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